Strong Defensive Effort Helps No. 18 Field Hockey Defeat Northeastern, 2-0

Photo by Gil Talbot
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Kathleen Young scored to help Harvard earn a 2-0 win over Northeastern. (Gil Talbot)

Junior Bente van Vlijmen notched her team-leading seventh goal of the season, and senior captain Kathleen Young added a second half goal to lead No. 18 Harvard field hockey (4-1) to a 2-0 win over Northeastern (1-4) at Berylson Field.

Senior goalkeeper Libby Manela made two saves to earn her third win of the year, and her first shutout.

Harvard, which outshot Northeastern 19-5 for the night, including a 11-2 edge in shots on net, got things going midway through the first half on a penalty corner. A long rebound off an initial shot by van Vlijmen came right back to her, and she deposited a follow up into the lower right corner to put the Crimson up 1-0 at 21:05.

The Crimson held a 7-3 edge on penalty corners for the night.

Manela made her best save of a half on a deflected shot from long range to keep Harvard in front.

Harvard sealed the win on Young's third goal of the season, a redirection off an initial shot by freshman Kiley Allen, who picked up an assist on the goal at 55:28.

Harvard Highlights

  • Bente van Vlijmen leads the Ivy League with seven goals on the year, and entered the weekend tied for third in the nation with 1.50 goals per game.
  • Harvard improved to 2-0 at home this season and is now 14-4 in its last 18 games at Berylson Field dating back to the start of the 2016 season.
  • Senior captain Libby Manela now has eight career shutouts in net.

Game Notes

  • Harvard earned its first win at home against Northeastern since 2008 and has won three of the last four meetings with the Huskies.
  • Harvard has outshot its opponent in all but one game this season.

What's Next?
Harvard will host UMass on Sunday afternoon (1 pm) at Berylson Field. The game will air on ESPN+.